IND VS AUS 2nd T20I Match Preview
India takes on Australia in a 3-match T20I to set the momentum for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022. The series is important for both the teams, be it Australia who last played their T20 matches in June, and India who had a forgettable Asia Cup. Both teams are at par and capable of providing neck-to-neck competition to each other. Here in this article, we have discussed IND VS AUS 2nd T20I Match Preview in detail.
One of three matches is already done and it was rather disappointing for India. The team though flared with the bat but showed poor bowling display. There was no sharpness in the bowling. The sloppy fielding also continues for the team which raises a lot of questions.
On the other hand, Australia may have conceded 200+ runs in the first innings but how they chased 208 runs with a few balls to spare, felt like a breeze. The innings may have had hiccups but Australian players took it in their stride and only showed us butter innings.
For both teams’ death bowling remains a concern. But India’s lack of wicket-taking ability early on is what became a reason for Australia to overtake them in the powerplay. Jasprit Bumrah’s comeback in the second T20I should help with that. While Australia will hope to concede fewer runs and continue the same batting.
How the pitch will play?
On the Nagpur pitch, the balance between ball and bat is usual. However, the pitch typically favors the team batting first because it’s difficult to chase here, as evidenced by the second innings’ average score of 128. The chasers might run into some difficulties due to the surface’s deteriorating speed if the team batting first scored around 180. We can totally expect a high-scoring match. Although, rain can play spoilsport on Friday.
What to expect in the middle?
Since the pitch is batting-friendly, we can expect similar action from the first T20I to be repeated here too.
We can expect India to score 45+ in the powerplay, 40+ death overs, and an overall score of 190+
Similarly for Australia, we can expect 45-55 runs in the powerplay, 40+ runs in death over, and an overall score between 190-200.
IND vs AUS: Players to watchout for
India’s batting display was quite magnificent in the 1st match but we can expect more action from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Surya Kumar is likely to flare being aware of the ground conditions. Best friends KL and Pandya are expected to continue the same form.
All eyes will be on the return of Bumrah in the bowling department.
For Australia, Cameron Green has shown consistency in his performance for his team, and the same is likely to continue. We can rely on Maxwell, Hazlewood, and Finch for our Fantasy league. Adam Zampa is expected to play well too.
IND vs AUS: Who Will Win?
In a do-or-die match for India, all the expectations will be forced onto Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar early on in the Aus innings. If the bowlers are able to restrict the opponent for fewer runs, it will be India’s game. But we cannot load everything on a player who will be playing cricket after a break. This brings Australia on top for the 2nd T20I and makes them favorites. Although, we know the capabilities of team India, and supporters should keep their fingers crossed because the results can go either way.